Issue #22

Issue #22

August 22, 2016

Sad Follow Up On GMO’s

            I had to follow up on my writings on GMO’s.  This is a sad commentary on how little influence the American people actually have in making their voices heard in our “for the people” government today.

You recall in my past newsletters that Vermont had voted “yes” to the mandatory labelling of any food that contained genetically modified organisms or had been genetically engineered. This bought about many of the large corporations like General Mills to start small, offering food labeled “NonGmo.”

Then the day, July 1st, this was to become effected in Vermont, once again the United State Government, i.e. the offices of the Senate, Congress and the President, our elected officials, ignored 90% of the wishes of the people and sided with multi-billion dollar corporations. This has also taken away “states rights” by overturning the wishes of the people. See Issue # 18 of my Lu’s Views News for the story.

If you want to know what representatives stand with the multi-billion dollar corporations instead of the the people, this is how they came out either for or against GMO labeling. I have taken the following from several news sites and other resources.

“Barack Obama (“Democrat”): Against mandatory GMO labeling, despite 90% of Americans being for it.

Ted Cruz (“Republican”): Against mandatory GMO labeling, despite 90% of Americans being for it.

Hillary Clinton (“Democrat”): Against mandatory GMO labeling, despite 90% of Americans being for it.

Bernie Sanders (“Democrat”): For GMO labeling, siding with the citizens instead of the corporations.

Donald Trump (“Republican”): For GMO labeling, siding with the citizens instead of the corporations.

       Other gems of the Monsanto legislation is the fact that Monsanto is now EXEMPT from future lawsuits if GMO’s are later proven to cause ill health effects or even death in humans. (Why would they have need for asking for such a thing in legislation if GMO’s were really so harmless?)

       When the Federal Government supports multibillion-dollar corporations over the wishes of 90% of their citizens and BANS States from simply TELLING THE TRUTH about the ingredients in food that their countrymen swallow, the United States has taken a sharp turn down the sewer. It is no wonder the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), at the lobbying requests of multibillion-dollar corporations, allows dozens of ingredients in foods that are not only banned in the rest of the world, would actually put you in prison for including in food, which in corrupt America, openly allows you to do so for profit.”

Sorry if I have offended anyone, but I am very much a patriot and I love my country, but that is why I have the freedom to write this, so far.

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Issue #21

Issue #21

August 15, 2016

Salt – “The Rest of the Story”

            Just to remind you again, I am not telling you to go against what your doctor has told you about your salt intake, so please do not use this information as medical advice. This is just for your information.

I also want to state here, if you have a thyroid issue, please consult your doctor and/or have your thyroid checked to see if you are deficient in iodine. There are simple tests you can take to show if you do need an iodine supplement.

Salt is essential for life and as the body can not produce it itself, we have to ingest it. Without consumption of salt our bodies become chemically imbalanced. Sodium stops the muscles from cramping, and it invigorates the nerves and without salt our muscles and nervous system do not function properly.

All our body fluids are salty. Blood, sweat, tears, saliva. Experts agree a healthy adult needs a daily intake of approximately five or six grams of salt to maintain good health or about 2 teaspoons. But not the bleached, chemically treated stuff that comes out of a box! Salt assists the digestive system, helping to absorb nutrients by breaking down our food. It also helps the saliva glands by stimulating an enzyme which allows the taste buds to get a sense of the food we are eating.

The premise that salt leads to hypertension has never been scientifically supported. On the contrary, studies show that a reduced sodium diet leads to health issues. Some studies have shown salt aids in blood sugar control. A low salt diet may increase insulin resistance. But also beware if you are prone to high blood pressure as table salt may cause the blood to rise rapidly  as the body attempts to move this toxic substance out of the body. Also excess table salt may cause the body to retain fluids.

No doubt we are getting too much salt! But the wrong kind of salt, bleached, empty, dead salt. Like with our water, bleached salt has no minerals. Processed food contains so many salt additives. On a label the word “salt” is not the only sodium added to processed foods. Words like monosodium glutamate (MSG); baking soda; sodium alginate; sodium benzoate; sodium hydroxide; sodium propionate; sodium sulfite. All these are salt.

So the solution? DO NOT EAT PROCESSED FOOD!!! Learn to eat organic, whole foods. The salt we should be using is a natural salt. I recommend, and what I have been finding out with my research, and what I am using, is Pink Himalayan salt.

Himalayan crystal salt is far superior to traditional iodized salt. Himalayan salt is mined from ancient sea beds and is pure, untouched by many of the toxins and pollutants that pervade other forms of ocean salt.

Himalayan salt contains the minerals that are necessary for your health, and what our bodies so desperately need, including macrominerals and trace minerals. The macrominerals are needed in relative abundance and include calcium, chloride, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.

There are also Celtic sea salts. But you still have to be aware of fake sea salts. They may be labeled “sea salt”, but have had all the minerals removed and bleached just like table salt. Just avoid “white” salt.  I have been tested and the Himalayan salt tests best on me.

Next week I will talk about what I do to stay healthy.

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Issue #20

Issue #20

August 8, 2016

Salt – Why Iodized Salt?

             In most, if not all, kitchen cabinets in this country contain salt shakers and a box of iodized salt. Most salts sold in supermarkets display on the label, “This salt supplies iodine, a necessary nutrient.” But do you know why the iodine in salt is added?

            But first, let me state again, I am not telling you to go against what your doctor has told you about your salt intake, so please do not use this information as medical advice. This is just for your information.

            Why was Iodine added to salt? It was added to salt around 1924, at the request of government initiatives, due to the growing need for regulation of iodine deficiency disorders. In the 1920’s era in the United States, the Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest region of the country experienced high incidences of goiter (a common thyroid-malfunction-based condition). This was because their soil levels were extremely low in iodine, and people were not eating iodine rich foods.

            Researchers at the University of Michigan decided to copy a Swiss practice of adding iodine to cooking salt, in order to attempt to remedy the problem. Goiter occurrences dropped drastically as a result, and the practice soon became standard.

            In fact, due to the successes seen in Michigan, iodine-enhanced salts were sold by the Morton Salt Company for the first time, on a national scale. Regulations committees saw that it would be easy to take a simple and cost-effective measure to prevent this health imbalance, and for about $0.05 per person per year, salt became iodized.

             Salt was used as the carrier for iodine because it was an easy, spoil-free method of getting iodine into the food chain. Salt is a food that almost everyone eats throughout the day, and everyday. Iodized salt was also added to animal feed, as it also offered thyroid support benefits for livestock as well.

            But what went wrong? Things have changed since the 1920’s with the manufacturing of toxic chemicals and more cost effective ways of harvesting salt. Most of the salt harvested then was natural salt from the sea or from natural salt deposits and contained the beneficial trace mineral iodine. “Iodized Salt” is not a healthy naturally occurring rock, crystal or sea salt. It is a manufactured type of sodium called sodium chloride with added iodide.

              Iodine in salt available at grocery stores, restaurants and in practically all processed foods, have synthetic chemicals added to them. These chemicals may include manufactured forms of iodide, sodium solo-co-aluminate, fluoride sodium bicarbonate, toxic amounts of potassium iodide, anti-caking agents and aluminum derivatives. Table salt has also been bleached. Unfortunately, most table salt is not only unhealthy, but is toxic to the body and should never be considered as a source of healthy iodine.

              Using iodine-fortified table salt may still put you at risk for micronutrient deficiencies. A study done at the University in Texas at Arlington, and published in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that salt alone cannot prevent iodine deficiency.

             The research looked into iodine levels in over 80 types of commonly-sold iodized salt brands, and found that 47 of them (over half!) did not meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recommendation for healthy iodine levels. Moreover, with time, iodine levels tend to decrease in salt products that are left in humid conditions. The study concluded that only about 20% of the so-called “iodized” salt sold in stores has enough of the micronutrient to be considered enough for daily level acquisition.

             Mineral deficiencies is a national crisis. Remember I talked about why the water we drink today does not hydrate us? There are not enough minerals to properly hydrate our body’s need for electrolytes. What about our vegetable? No minerals in our soil.

              Next week I will discuss why we are getting too much of the wrong kind of salt and also what salt does our body really need.

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Issue #19

Issue #19

Let’s Talk Salt

            Probably 9 out of 10 people you talk to have been either told by their doctor or have read somewhere, to cut down on their salt intake.

Well here I go again, bucking the system. But, let me first state that I am not telling you to go against what  your doctor has told you, so please do not use this information as medical advice. This is just for your information.

So why talk about salt? To me salt goes right along with the importance of water. It is a vital nutrient. It’s a major component of extracellular fluid and it is essential for the health of the body. Salt has been the subject of controversy for a good many years. And as usual, I want to give you, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.”

Salt is intricately linked in the development of human civilization. The human obsession with salt has spanned thousands of years of human history. Nearly every society in existence has some level of salt use not only in what they eat, but also in medicine, politics, economics and even their religious practices.

Salt in the Bible is mentioned more than 30 times and was a symbol of the covenant between God and the ancient Hebrews.

As far back as 6050 BC, salt has been an important and integral part of the world’s history, as it has been interwoven into countless civilizations. Used as a part of Egyptian religious offerings and valuable trade between the Phoenicians and their Mediterranean empire, salt and history have been inextricably intertwined for millennia, with great importance placed on salt by many different cultures. Even today, the history of salt touches our daily lives. The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt.” Salt was highly valued and its production was legally restricted in ancient times, so it was historically used as a method of trade and currency. The word “salad” also originated from “salt,” and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. Undeniably, the history of salt is both broad and unique, leaving its indelible mark in cultures across the globe.

Salt is an essential element in the diet of not only humans but of animals, and even of many plants. It is one of the most effective and most widely used of all food preservatives. Its’ industrial and other uses are almost without number.

So in the next few Lu’s Views I will be talking about the benefits and the controversy surrounding this most important nutrient.

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Issue #18

Issue #18

It Is Up to You to Make Good Choices

            With the Senate basically taking away one of the most important legislation for making good choices in what we are eating, we are indeed more responsible in choosing wisely.

We were coming a long way getting the important labeling of GMO foods, with some of the large corporations coming aboard beginning to label such foods, but because of the lobbyist from such chemical corporations as Monsanto & Dupont and the greed of our senators in taking money and favors from these special interest groups, we now have to be diligent in choosing wisely.

Why is the US government so keen to protect the interests of those chemical companies like Monsanto? This is not the first time BIG INTERESTS has influenced the US government. Just a few instances:

1980 – Drug companies lobbied and won to make certain words legal only for them to use in any kind of treatment. Only medical doctors can use the words “diagnose,” “prescribe,” and “cure.” Alternative care physicians and nutrition and vitamin companies are not allowed to use these words. Only medical doctors can claim to “cure.”

1982 – Congress passed a law stating drug companies were immune from prosecution and held harmless from any results of children’s death or disabilities from childhood vaccines.

1992 – Monsanto went to the White House and behind closed doors, made sure that there were no government tests on the health and safety of GMO products before they were released to the public. This was called the doctrine of “substantial equivalence.”

Well enough “whys.” The “how” is what is important now. How do you protect your families from the devastating effects of the increasing widespread use of chemicals, herbicides and pesticides? How do we choose wisely? The simplest way is to only buy USDA 100% organic, do not use processed or canned foods, also still look for Non-GMO Verified labels. And most importantly, buy a good water treatment system (I have found a really good one at a good price) and of course, educate yourself.

I am fortunate, because I have a co-op food store here where I live. Also, the grocery store I shop at, Publix, has been increasingly carrying organic vegetables, grass fed meats and poultry. And don’t neglect your eggs, they need to be organic from free range chickens.  As far a fish is concerned, Publix is doing their best to have fresh, wild caught fish available.

Also we have organic farms and grass fed and grass finished meats available from local farmers. You can go online and find some of these places close to you.

There are good resources on line for more information on choosing wisely. One source is Dr. Mercola. Check out www.articles.mercola.com Than type in The GMO Food Guide.

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Issue #17

Issue #17

July 18, 2016

We Have Been Betrayed

            As we watch the world go into a spin with fear from terrorism, there is another insidious form of alarm right here in our midst.

If you read my Lu’s Views last week and my alert about the passing of the DARK Act 2 by the Senate (you will have to read July 11th Issue #16, to understand), I am so very saddened. It seems the freedoms we have known in the past are slowly eroding. Even the Food & Drug Administration recognizes the Monsanto DARK Act 2 as a total sham.

We were finally getting somewhere with the labeling of GMO foods, many national food companies had already started providing simple and clear on-package GMO labeling. The food companies were recognizing that with 85% of the American people wanting clear labeling, they were looking at their bottom line. We the people, were affecting these big companies by having our voices heard through our purchasing power. This is how it should be. We pride ourselves on free enterprise, and this is the optimum of free enterprise.

But now under the new law proposed, food companies could avoid any mention of genetic engineering on their packages. In this bill introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) the law would allow companies to choose between using symbols and electronic codes. Consumers would be directed to “scan here” for more information with a smart phone to find out the information or be provided with a phone number “for more information.”  Also, the law provides no federal penalties for violations of the labeling requirements, which means it really has no teeth.

The other side of all this is that Vermont’s law on labeling which went into effect on July 1st, would be nullified immediately, ignoring the voice of the people!

What also gets me upset, are the untruths that the media continually promotes as fact.

In my newspaper yesterday, it stated “using genetically modified crops, farmers have reduced pesticide use by 37% over the last 20 years.” This was reported by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications. Take a guess who funds this organization. Just to name a few, Monsanto, Rockefeller Bros. Fund and Bayer. Whose interest do you think they serve?

This report is actually contrary to what is happening. It is reported that between 1996-2011, Roundup ready GMO crops increased herbicide use in the US by 527 million pounds. This increase in use of the herbicides are actually producing “super weeds” that are becoming immune to these chemicals, thereby having to increase the use.  See Issue #14.

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Issue #16

GMO – Why the Need to Know

            I hope you are not getting tired of my focusing on GMO right now. But this info is important. It is not an every day conversation, but I provide this information, just so you can have the knowledge to make good decisions about what you and your family are exposing your bodies to. Remember “I do the research, so you can choose wisely.” I will be going onto other pertinent subjects as well.  But Florida and other states, will be asked to vote whether GMO labeling should be on foods that are GMO.

The DARK Act. I talked about this before, but this is a reminder of what this bill is about. Deny Americans the Right to Know Act. This bill tries to block the individual states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws. It has sort to keep consumers in the dark by allowing biotech companies, i.e., Monsanto, to continue masking their herbicides, pesticides and use of genetically modified organisms, in the food supply.

            Vermont voters courageously voted to pass a law (which came into effect July 1st) to disclose GMO foods. California’s same bill was defeated last year due to MILLIONS of dollars spent by Monsanto and DuPont to defeat it, even though 85% of the people were for the bill. You Floridians will be asked to vote on this very issue in the near future. Other states will follow.

But, there is now a bill DARK 02, which seeks to stop states that vote to stop the DARK Act. It is now in the Senate. Why stop something the people over whelming want? The deep, deep pockets of Monsanto and the other biotech companies will most certainly affect their bottom line.

I am going to insert here an article from Natural News – naturalnews.com , which will explain it more fully.

Why do Big Food and Big Biotech keep fighting against Americans’ desire to know what they are putting in their bodies? If these genetically engineered ingredients and manipulations of nature are as safe as advertised, then why not be transparent about it all? 

Let people make informed choices. 64 other nations around the world require some form of GMO labeling, including places like Russia and China.

If people don’t know what’s going into their bodies, how will the free market ever progress? When bills like the DARK Act are drafted, it becomes apparent that the federal government is owned by corporate demands. How will people ever be able to make a clear vote with their dollars if they don’t know what the hell they are buying in the first place? 

Food companies use the excuse that it would cost too much to disclose GMO ingredients on the label, but that is such a sad excuse, because these corporations already waste millions of dollars lobbying the federal government to block GMO labeling!

Over the first two quarters of 2015, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Kraft, General Mills and Land O’Lakes disclosed $12.6 million on lobbying expenses for legislation that would stop state and federal GMO labeling. In the first half of 2015, trade associations, Big Food and Big Biotech all teamed up to spend $51.6 million to fight GMO labeling. 

It’s important to know which products contain genetically modified ingredients so that consumers can avoid food that has been sprayed with glyphosate. Herbicides such as glyphosate, which destroy the microbiome and initiate disease processes in the body, should be avoided whenever possible. Glyphosate is now recognized as carcinogenic.

If enough states get on board with GMO labeling laws, it would become inevitable that Big Food and Big Biotech lose their stranglehold on the American people. Instead of using millions of dollars to lobby for secrecy, they would have to use the money to create new labels that tell the public exactly what is in their products. As transparency comes, the people can then vote with their dollars whether they want to remain suppressed by agro-chemicals, or want to support more organic agriculture practices. 

I think this says it all.

Just a note, Dementia/Alzheimer’s is being diagnosed in younger adults by alarming numbers. Up to 100,000 people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s my have it. It used to be called a disease of the aging, not anymore. Why do you think there is such an alarming increase, not only in Dementia/Alzheimer’s, but in other diseases? If you have had any exposure to Dementia/Alzheimer’s you know what a horrible, wasteful disease this it. Use your thinking cape. Is it because we are being exposed to so many toxic chemicals?

There is a solution – hang in there.

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ALERT

            Just as I was about to send my Monday’s (today) Lu’s Views out, I received this notice that 63 US Senators robbed you of your right to know! The DARK 02 was passed.

The bill late Thursday night is intended to hide information (behind electronic codes) from consumers, not provide it—in plain English, on a label.

The bill passed is intended to exempt the vast majority of GMOs from even having to be hidden behind codes, much less labeled in plain sight.

The bill passed is voluntary—it contains no enforcement mechanism, no penalties for non-compliance. So, in other words, it has basically prevented us ever knowing what is actually in the food we are eating.

The bill passed is an attack on democracy, an attack on states’ rights. It not only overturns Vermont’s carefully considered and fairly debated mandatory GMO labeling law, but this bill overturns nearly 100 other state laws.

The bill passed late Thursday night is a fraud, an affront to the nine out of 10 Americans who want what citizens in 64 countries already have—the basic right to know what’s in our food.

            I will keep you updated on this as I learn more.